Puppy Allergies: Common Symptoms to Watch Out For
Puppies that have allergies show many signs including watery eyes, coughing and sneezing; excessive scratching and biting, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, and moodiness. When your puppy is suffering from allergies, you may notice one or more of these symptoms. Learning what causes these allergies is the first step toward treating your puppy and preventing further attacks.
Many allergies that puppies suffer from are caused by insects such as fleas and ticks, or by parasites. When you bring your puppy home from a breeder or from a shelter or pet store, schedule an appointment with a vet as soon as possible. Make sure the puppy has all of its shots and that has been dewormed. This will prevent parasites from causing an allergic reaction in your puppy. While you may have to do this more than once during their lifetime, getting rid of the parasites will help your puppy’s temperament and keep them healthy.
If you noticed small red bites on your puppy or if the puppy has been scratching the same area until bald spots appear, then they may have fleas, ticks, or mites. This allergic reaction is caused by insect saliva. If your puppy has open wounds, you should wait until the wounds heal before spraying or bathing them with medicine that kills the insects and their eggs. Take your puppy to the vet if this is the first occurrence. The vet may be able to prescribe an ingestible pill that will protect them from future infestation. You may also want to keep your puppy indoors during flea and tick season.
Just to Be Sure, Have Your Puppy Examined by a Vet
When your puppy vomits more than once a week or has diarrhea for more than one or two days, they may have an allergy to dog food. Switching to another brand or feeding the puppy softer food may solve this problem. You should take the puppy to the vet anyway so that they can make sure the puppy is healthy. Extreme diarrhea will lead to dehydration, so make sure you have plenty of water for your puppy to drink.
If your puppy’s mood changes suddenly or you notice that they are not as playful as they once were, then you should take the puppy to the vet. If the puppy has eaten something it shouldn’t or if it is suffering from allergies, it will not want to play as much as it used to. Finding out the cause of their allergy may be difficult because, much like human beings, your puppy may be allergic to more than one thing.
Research your puppy’s breed to see if there are specific items it could be allergic to and see if they are present in your home. Monitor your puppy to see how it behaves and what it is eating. Sometimes eating too much grass can cause an allergy attack. Once you find the causes of the allergy, take the steps necessary to reduce the puppy’s exposure what is causing the allergy as much as possible.